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2012 Mayo Graduate School Interviews

Posted on February 27th, 2012 by Danielle Miranda

Well, it has been nearly 3 weeks since MGS hosted the 2nd interview weekend for July 2012 matriculation and I think it is about due time that I say a little something about interview weekends this year.

First, I want to say a huge thank you to the Deans (Dr. Jim Maher, Ph.D., Dr. Bruce Horazdovsky, Ph.D., and Kim Wolfgram Salz) as well as Rose Marie Taylor and the GSA for organizing and making the two interview weekends a huge success! Of course we could also not have done it without the participation of the entire graduate school faculty and students; so thanks to all!

This year, interviewing students were treated to the full Mayo experience complete with a visit to the grand Foundation House, a wonderful lecture by Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, M.D. the first weekend and Dr. Jan van Deursen, Ph.D. the second weekend, tours of core research facilities, and plenty of time with current students and faculty to learn about their research at Saturday’s poster session, social activity, and evening reception in the Gonda atrium.

I want to thank all the interviewing students who took the time out of their busy schedules at school or work to come see what MGS has to offer them for their graduate schooling in biomedical research. I think MGS was quite enamored with the caliber of students we interviewed this year, and while we would like to invite you all to join us at this fine institution, it simply cannot be done. I believe as I write this, quite a few students have already accepted an offer; however, the enrollment is far from over so do not be discouraged if you have not heard anything yet!

Looking forward to welcoming the new students in July 2012

Written by Mallory Turner, MGS Graduate Student Association President.

Interview Weekend Perspective by Peter Grahn

Posted on February 16th, 2012 by Danielle Miranda

I’d like to start this blog with a link to an extremely helpful guide for graduate school admissions/interviews. If you are at all interested in applying to schools, read this! (If you’ve already applied, interviewed, and have been accepted; it’s a short read and will point out at least a few interesting things you could have done differently when approaching applications/interviews). http://www.amazon.com/Biomedical-Graduate-School-Planning-Admissions/dp/0763760005
To give some background information, I applied and interviewed for the neurobiology of disease track a year ago and was not accepted due to a lack of research experience. During the same phone call that informed me I was not accepted last year, I was given the opportunity to become a post-bac in the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) here at Mayo in order to gain valuable research experience and also take graduate level courses to feel out if this was really the direction I wanted my career to go. In short, the experience was amazing! If you’re interested in a career as a biomedical scientist; but are short on research experience look into programs like IMSD!
I’ve learned a lot about the interview process here at Mayo through my back-to-back invites and if I can give advice to anyone preparing for interviews, I’d tell them to just be themselves. If they have read the guide to admissions mentioned above and prepared accordingly, there is really nothing to stress about. My view is; I have been invited to interview because on paper I meet/surpass all the criteria necessary to start graduate school and the graduate school feels I am a competitive applicant. They probably won’t be quizzing me on my science knowledge; I’ve proven those abilities in my application. They want to get to know who I am as a person. I also want to know if this is a place I can feel comfortable and be myself the next few years. If I have to put on an act just to get into the program, I’d need to continue the act while attending and that’s not who I really am. So be yourself and RELAX!

Written by Peter Grahn.